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During the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Business Litigation Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Dick Semerdjian moderated the CLE program: Getting Down to Business! Examining Emerging Trends in Business Litigation. What is the Damage? The Evolution of Business Litigation Damages in a Post-Pandemic World. The panel discussed the evlolution of business litigation damages in a post-pandemic world. 


We are proud to announce three of our attorneys have been selected as top outstanding lawyers in San Diego County by Super Lawyers!

  • Partner Dick Semerdjian has been named a 2022 “Top 50” San Diego Attorney in Business Litigation for the third straight year and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2007.
  • Partner John Schena is named a 2022 San Diego Super Lawyer in Business Litigation for the fourth straight year.
  • Partner Kristen Bush is named a Super Lawyer 2022 San Diego Rising Star in Business Litigation for the second straight year. 

The San Diego Super Lawyers selection process involves a multi-phase selection process which includes nominations, independent third-party research, peer evaluations and final selection.

Congratulations, Dick, John and Kristen!


Kristen Bush recently prevailed following a week-long bench trial involving competing breach of contract claims. Kristen successfully defended her general contractor client against claims of nonpayment by one of its subcontractors on multiple public works projects. In addition, the client was awarded damages on its breach of contract claim for having to repair faulty work.


We are delighted to announce the addition of Chad Thurston as an associate on the firm’s litigation team. Chad began his legal career with us as an intern prior to attending law school. He clerked for the firm through law school and was hired as an associate upon passing the bar exam in 2021. 

Born and raised in San Diego, Chad received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University and his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on the Padres, playing softball, and playing golf. Welcome aboard, Chad!


Schwartz Semerdjian partners Sarah Evans and Kristen Bush wrote the employment law chapter of the American Bar Association’s “Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions," Third Edition, now available at Shop ABA (click here). Sarah and Kristen co-wrote the same chapter in the Second Edition published in 2017. If you have questions on how to navigate employment law in 2022, connect with one of our knowledgeable attorneys today.